What a wonderful day to get out of the Honolulu and Waikiki Beach area. The constant feeling of too many people in my space has taken its toll. If it wasn’t for the place we were staying, which we had to use or lose, we would have never stayed in town.
Driving out of town we headed around the base of Diamond Head again on the search for turtles and dolphins. With big wave season starting most of them stay away but return when the waves calm down again.
Stopping for a quick swim near Chinaman’s Hat we meet a nice couple with their two kids from San Diego, walking the beach. We have a nice chat with them and Melanie teaches the kids how to catch sand crabs. The kids were laughing and squealing with the fun they are having and we wish our grandson Caleb was with us.
Up the road we find the famous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck and stop for a quick lunch. The wait for our food was long, but so worth it. We had a couple dishes of Shrimp Scampi with rice and signed our names on the big white food truck, which is what you are encouraged to do.
We stopped at the Kalalua Ranch and went on a bus tour of movie sites and where the “Lost” TV series was filmed. It was pretty cool to see the beautiful area that Hollywood had borrowed. We took some pictures just to say we were there.
Driving up to the North Shore we found our hostel, a great place called BackPackers. This place use to be owned by the iconic surfer, Mark Foo, who died in a surfing accident in 1994. His sister still runs the place and surfers from all over the world find their way here to surf the giant waves, up to 60 foot, that this place is known for.
Several surfers are already here and the night starts with music and drinking from the hostelers.
Taking a break we walk down the street to the Shark Cover Grill for a great meal across from beach. I had a Poke bowl with raw Ahi, edemame, limu and sea asparagus over white rice with a Shoyu sauce which was , hand down, the best meal I have had an the island.
The tiki torches were lit at sunset for some Incredible views.
We went back to the Shark Cove Grill for supper again the next night, it was so good. I had a Kalua pork, grilled, two cheese sandwich with sourdough bread and Melanie had the Kalua pork in a bowl. Just fantastic! Here are some more pictures of the sunset tonight.
It was another great evening spent with a couple girls from Toronto, Sarah and Alissa. Fun night.
Greg “WANDRR” and Melanie